If you are newly diagnosed or just now looking into connecting with others living with epilepsy, we may not have met. I’m Jessica K. Smith, founder and CEO of Living Well With Epilepsy and I was diagnosed with epilepsy after having several tonic clonic (grand mal) seizures the summer between seventh and … Read More
A while back I started a new job as therapist. Having completed graduate school, I was so happy to be working in my field. Despite my excitement, my new job brought challenges. One of those challenges included management of my seizures. I developed new triggers and had to rework my daily routine … Read More
Recently, someone asked me to talk to a small group. I wanted to choose a story that is inspiring, something that would relate to these young adults, and something that would stick with them as they started a new journey. I couldn’t help but wonder: is epilepsy my only story? Is this how people identify me…as the girl with epilepsy who ended up doing well in life, despite doctors telling me I may not?
Over 20 years ago, I told my neurologist that before menstruation, my number of seizures increased. I had never been told (or read) my monthly cycle could be a trigger, but my gut feeling said it was. My doctor assured me that menstruation was not a trigger and the increase in my … Read More